Uber drivers consider guild representation

Uber drivers in Pennsylvania want more security and better pay, and are seeking a guild to negotiate for them with the ride-hailing company.

The Independent Drivers Guild, a New York association, is petitioning Uber drivers to speak in favor of participating in the guild by Labor Day, said Ali Razak, president of the Philadelphia Limousine Association, who is driving the effort. He is hoping to get at least 3,000 drivers in the state to text the guild to express interest. That should be enough, he said, to convince Uber to talk to the IDG.

“This is the opportunity,” said Razak, who said he approached the guild. “It doesn’t cost drivers anything.”

The guild would be open to all Uber drivers, from the livery service Uber Black to the widely used UberX service.

Drivers who use the Uber app to connect with passengers have an unusual relationship with the company. They are called independent contractors, but there are suits underway nationally that seek to redefine the drivers as employees. Unless that happens drivers can’t unionize. A guild might be the next best thing.


Updated: August 12, 2016 — 12:57 pm

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